This Day In Wrestling History – March 8th
2011 – WWE NXT Redemption (Season 5) starts airing on WWE.com. This series features losing rookies from previous series rather than all new competitors as before.
1971 – Red Bastien defeats Jose Lothario to win the Texas Heavyweight Title
1982 – Kerry von Erich defeats Bugsy McGraw to win the WCCW American Heavyweight Title
1983 – The Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika) defeat Jules & Chief Jay Strongbow to win the WWF Tag Team Titles
1987 – Eddie Gilbert defeats Savannah Jack to win the UWF Television Title
1989 – Masanobu Fuchi defeats Mighty Inoue to win the AJPW Junior Heavyweight Title
1991 – El Grande Pistolero defeats Danny Davis to win the USWA Junior Heavyweight Title
2010 – The Beautiful People (Madison Rayne & Velvet Sky) defeat Angelina Love & Tara and Taylor Wilde & Sarita in a 3-Way Tag Team Match to win the vacant TNA Knockouts Tag Team Titles. Lacey von Erich is also recognized as champion under the Freebird Rule
On this day in 1985, the wrestling world lost NWA Texas legend Bull Curry aged 71. Curry began wrestling in a circus at the age of 16, going 65 straight matches unbeaten, none of which made it past the 5 minute mark. He began wrestling professionally in the 1930’s, under Detroit promoter Adam Weissmuller. Here he developed the brutal, hardcore style that would become his trademark, indeed, he is credited as one of the first wrestlers to use such a style, predating even The Sheik and Abdullah The Butcher. Curry’s Detroit fame became so great that he even faced boxer Jack Dempsey in an exhibition match, but lost in the second round. In the early 50’s, he relocated to Texas where his star was truly born. Curry’s style made him a huge box office draw, but also prevented the promoters from giving him the main Texas Heavyweight Title, as he wasn’t seen as a ‘real’ wrestler. Instead, they created a new title, the Texas Brass Knuckles Title, which Curry would go on to win 20 times. Aside from his in-ring achievements, Curry was one of the most notorious heels of his day, earning the nickname ‘The Walking Riot’, as he was able to incite crowds into frenzies wherever he went. On one notable occasion, 140 fans were hospitalized after a riot broke out following a match between him and Ray McIntyre. Curry continued wrestling well into the 1970’s (past his 60th birthday) and kept a comparatively low profile in retirement.